Hours and Services Change with the Arrival of Fall at Dinosaur National Monument
Contact: Dan Johnson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, (435) 781-7702
Dinosaur, CO – "The first glints of yellow in area cottonwood trees has announced autumn's arrival at Dinosaur National Monument, and with it comes a reduction in hours and services," stated Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, Dan Johnson.
Beginning September 23, the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily. The Quarry Visitor Center located seven miles north of Jensen, Utah features exhibits, a theater and sales area for the Intermountain Natural History Association. The Quarry Exhibit Hall features the world-famous wall of dinosaur bones and exhibits.
Staff will continue to offer daily ranger-guided hikes on the Fossil Discovery Trail at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm through September 29. Junior Ranger programs will be offered at the Quarry Exhibit Hall on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm through the end of September.
On the Colorado side of the monument, the Canyon Visitor Center located near Dinosaur, Colorado will close for the season on Monday, September 30.
Campgrounds will also begin closing for the season or going into winter operations. Water service at the Echo Park Campground will be turned off on October 1. Campers may still use the campground, but must bring their own water. When water is not available, camping fees will not be charged. The Green River Campground, located near the Quarry Visitor Center, will close for the season on October 6 at Noon. Water will be turned off at the Split Mountain Group Campground on October 7. Starting October 7, the Split Mountain Campground will be open to all campers on a first-come, first-served basis. Water will not be available and camping fees will not be charged. The Gates of Lodore Campground on the monument's north end will continue to have water available until the end of October.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Dinosaur National Monument. Summer heat is gone, days are often sunny, and nights are crisp. Solitude is readily available. Wildlife, like deer, elk and bighorn sheep, may be seen along the rivers. Please be alert for animals crossing the roads particularly at dawn and dusk. Remember that Dinosaur's weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. Visitors should always be prepared for a range of conditions and check the current forecast before heading out.
As you recreate in Dinosaur National Monument this fall, please ensure that someone knows where you are going and when you are expected to return. Be prepared with appropriate clothing and supplies for any unexpected incidents. With proper preparation, Dinosaur National Monument offers nearly unlimited opportunities for adventure.
Did You Know?
Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.